Day 63: Not many people in Paulina

Today the team rode 80 miles from John day to Paulina, Oregon. Today was one of the hardest routes with almost 5,000 feet of climbing!! It was pretty beautiful in the beginning of the ride because we got to go through some more national forests. After the first 20 miles it went back to desert. A lot of people agreed that although it was a difficult day in terms of stats, everybody felt pretty strong and good which just goes to show how far we have come. Today we also reached the 4,000 mile mark. Although there wasn’t an amazing view or a marker, it was still an incredible feeling to know that we traveled 4,000 miles. There is only 700 to go in 12 days, which is crazy!

I would like to thank Paulina school for hosting our team tonight. Today we are sharing the space with evacuees from a nearby forest fire. Some of us spent our evening talking with the response team and learning about the fire. It is pretty remarkable the support that a tiny town is able to receive. The ride dedication for today was for our two hosts Terri and Sherri in Glens Ferry. Terri experienced cancer when both of her parents had it. Sherri’s husband also suffered from cancer.

~Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count: 1
Song of the day: Hey mama
Memorable moment: playing volleyball at the end of the night in the school we are staying at.

Day 62: Oh hey, John Day!

My apologies for no blog post yesterday, we were camping with no access to WiFi. A little recap from yesterday’s ride. We rode 85 miles from Ontario to Unity, Oregon. All of us came to an agreement that yesterday was one of the most difficult rides of the whole summer. The climbing and headwinds were a real treat. We also had two very long and large climbs. Regardless of all the hills that kept appearing behind every canyon and corner the groups kept moral high and with Steven in mind “just kept chugging”.

Today the team rode 50 miles from Unity to John Day, Oregon. We got to see trees again and needless to say it was one exciting site to see. We passed through several national forests today as well which consisted of beautiful pines that spaned for miles. It was a little preview for the Redwood Forest. There was construction so the whole team got the supergroup and climb some of the hills together. What a cool feeling to climb as a whole team. There were a few big climbs today but there were no headwinds so the day was infinitely easier. The short miles always brings about a more energetic day. A few groups took breaks, one went to Dairy Queen to treat themselves after the climbs.

Today the ride was dedicated to a women we met at a convenience store the other day. She had battled ovarian cancer in the past year. A huge thank you to Caroline’s family ( Rita and Karen) for donating Subway for dinner.

~Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count: 0
Song of day: One Tree Hill -U2
Memorable moment: Seeing pine trees everywhere and getting a glimpse of the faint mountains in the distance after coming up a large hill.

Day 60: Oregon we’ve been waiting for you!

Today the team rode 60 miles from Boise, Idaho to Ontario, Oregon. Today’s ride was super smooth and a ton of fun! With the easy miles comes a more relaxed vibe. My group started the day with a detour to a mural alley and ended it with a detour to get pizza. It can’t get much better than that. With a short day comes more time for stops at the nooks and crannies we are so lucky to find on I4K. From a cars view you just can’t see the things we see and have the ease to get out and explore them.

I would like to thank First Church of the Nazarene for having us. Also shoutout to Pizza Hut for donating pizza to us. The ride dedication for the day was for Mike’s aunts who both battled cancer.

The mosher for the day was to think of a motivational quote and try to slip it in to conversations as much as possible. So I’ll leave you with mine. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.” This one has stuck with me for a good part of the ride. Sometimes the challenges can seem too big but then I realize how many things I have been able to accomplish and how much all of this has changed my outlook on the limits I set for myself. All you need to do is pedal and you will get where you need to go!

~Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count: 0
Song of the day: Beautiful day – U2
Memorable moment: A great downhill between two hills that made the small climb up worth it! Not the craziest decent but one I will remember for sure.

Day 59: Buoyancy in Boise

Today was our rest day in Boise, Idaho! We decided to do the most restful thing we could think of … so we went whitewater rafting. In all seriousness it was one of the coolest things we have done on the ride so far. We woke up at 7:30 so we could be out the door by 9. We drove 45 minutes to the Bear Valley River Company located on the Payette river. We then drove 7 miles down the river so we could get to the white rapids. It was several team member’s first time whitewater rafting. We got to ride class 2,3, and 4 rapids today and they got a little crazy toward the end. Some of us even rode the bull (sitting at the front of the raft while we went over rapids).

All of us were pretty exhausted and hungry after the excursion so the rest of the night was spent relaxing, running errands, and going out to eat at various places.

~Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count: N/A
Song of the day: How to save a life
Memorable moment: when our raft was purposefully and temporarily slid up a rock

Day 58: Oh Boise!

Today the team rode 82 miles from Glens Ferry to Boise, Idaho! It was a tough ride due to cumulative toll from days prior, overexposure to heat, and the dry desert climate. The route wasn’t the most exciting so today groups passed the time by singing and asking funny questions. Realizing we only have 18 days left makes the time that we do have to joke, laugh and get to know one another that much more important. Today we also got to ride on the interstate for several miles which was a thrill for many people. At the stayover we spent our time getting Ben and Jerry’s ice cream and learning the newest dance craze.

Special thanks to Elias’ parents for donating dinner for tonight. We got Chipotle burritos and it was fantastic! Also thank you to our hosts at Cathedral of the Rockies. Today’s ride dedication was for a lady Maggie met in Steamboat springs who was very thankful for what we are doing because he mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.

~Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count: 3
Song of the day: Paradise – George Ezra
Memorable moment: Teaching Mike, Matt and Elias the shiggy dance

Rider Spotlight: Eric Ma (Lord MA)

What’s been the best part of I4k so far?
Having rest days because I feel tired often so I enjoy resting and sometimes the team will do something together which is fun.

Favorite rest stop snack?:
Lemon protein bar or beef stick

What’s your favorite type of music?/Favorite pump up song on the bike?
I like piano music.

What do you do when you are struggling on the bike?
I look down the road and just keep pedaling.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
I would try to be more outspoken! I want to appear more positive.

What’s your dream place to live?
In big cities, somewhere dry.. still deciding the specifics. Maybe California

What place are you most looking forward to on the ride or liked the most?
I liked Colorado! It was very beautiful and I liked the mountains.

What has been your favorite day on I4K so far?
I enjoyed Berthouds pass. I went up the mountain very slow but we got there. The downhill was also very fun. I like to see my hard work paying off.

Team Knife or spoon?
Team knife for peanut butter and spoon for jelly.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Mind reading so I can know what to say to people!

What’s been the most challenging part of the ride?
The most challenging part of the ride is the rainy days. I get really cold and I don’t enjoy being wet.

New edition to a crayon box what would you be?
Bovine Brown: because I moo at cows!

Day 57: Poppin tires all the way to Glens Ferry

Today the team road 70 miles from Twin Falls to Glens Ferry, Idaho. Today was long, hot and windy. It got up to 100 degrees mid afternoon with 12 mph headwinds the majority of the day. Needless to say we all feel very exhausted and drained from today’s ride. This morning we got to see base jumpers, which was super cool! Also while riding through the farm country we were attacked by Petsmart as Maggie would say. A herd of 5 dogs came out of the blue and started chasing us all on bike. We tried yelling and they weren’t even phased! Spraying water and ringing bells ended up doing the trick. We then had several other encounters with dogs for the next few miles which kept us on our guard.

I would like to thank our amazing hosts tonight at The United Methodist Church. They made the most incredible dinner, complete with homemade bread. I may have had a few too many pieces hehe.

~Hoping for Tailwinds~
Mandy

Flat count: 11… Idaho has bad roads
Song of the day: Pump up the jams
Memorable moment: Getting ice cream at the end of the hard day at a fudge shop across from the church

Rider Spotlight: Helen Mendez

What’s been the best part of I4k so far?
Seeing the different parts of the country and having my expectations be different than I thought it would be. Also meeting everyone on the team.

What is your signature dance move?
Swerve: shifting arms right and left while snapping. It works with any song!

Favorite rest stop snack?:
Chocolate anything. Hershey’s is a go to. Cheese it’s and chocolates satisfies my sweet and salty cravings.

What’s your favorite type of music?/Favorite pump up song on the bike?
Alternative. Feeling good remix

What do you do when you are struggling on the bike?
Try to not think about how hard it is. Try to think of my family and support system!

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
There is a lot of times I hold myself back. I would like to get out of my box more!

What’s your dream place to live?
In a place that’s urban and also close to nature. Seattle seems up my alley

What place are you most looking forward to on the ride or liked the most?
I’m looking forward to Oregon and Crater Lake.

What has been your favorite day on I4K so far?
It was a century ride where it was pouring rain and the whole time I felt worried but we sang Disney songs and sang “it’s gonna be a bright sunshiny day”. It was a bittersweet moment

Team Knife or spoon?
Team Knife because I only eat peanut butter

If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Flying would be cool!

What’s been the most challenging part of the ride?
The most challenging part of the ride has been trying to lift myself when I’m low so I don’t sink into a negative hole.

New edition to a crayon box what would you be?
Cloudy Blue: it’s a very light hearted color and I am very carefree and go with the flow.

Favorite pair of socks: My Brazil socks because of the World Cup! My Chicago socks to represent my roots